Fantasy sports are virtual games that are sometimes known by the name of rotisserie or roto. In these sports players behave as the owners of the teams which they build. They compete against other such payers on the basis of statistical information that is generated from real games that these virtual sports are inspired from. All fantasy teams have a manager that is responsible for compiling the points in accordance with the roster that has been selected.
The Fantasy Sports Trading Association is in charge of hosting conferences of these sports as well as being responsible for ensuring their continuous growth. This association has got almost 120 members which range from the newer and smaller start-ups to the more established larger media corporations. The estimated age of fantasy sports players was twelve and above and extended to 29.9 million people in the year 2007.
Fantasy sports experienced a boom during the dot-com era with a number of companies investing in this domain. But once this dot-com bubble burst, many of these companies went bankrupt. A few of the more established and long standing companies did find a way to survive these turbulent times and remerged, some with new names like RotoWire.com and a few with new marketing strategies and business models like Yahoo. Over time, notwithstanding the unstable economy, it was noted that the average American fantasy players spent almost 8.4 hours of surveying the NFL per week compared to watching the NFL on TV. NFL was able to recognize the opportunity that lay in fantasy sports and began to run ads for fantasy football featuring existing players. These people were possibly the first to identify that it was fantasy play that drives T.V. viewing.
Probably the most popular fantasy sport are fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball and fantasy football. The other games which have gained prominence with time are fantasy golf, fantasy cricket, fantasy auto racing, fantasy hockey and wrestling.
Fantasy baseball is regarded as one of the oldest fantasy sports and is among the hardest and time consuming sports. It follows the Major League Baseball season of 162 games. Fantasy basketball is said to be inspired from fantasy baseball. Ever since the 1990s fantasy basketball continues to be increasing in its popularity especially with the internet exposure that it has got. NBA has taken advantage of its immense popularity by launching a worldwide competition known as the Premier Fantasy Championships. This competition is considered to be one of the largest and most exclusive fantasy sports competitions. NBA has also launched a program called Fantasy Hoops that offers fantasy sports players all the news and information that they need on the happenings on the world of fantasy basketball.
Fantasy football on the other hand has grown to be more popular then ever and has now taken over the mantle of popularity from fantasy baseball. This is mostly attributed to the complexities associated with fantasy baseball in terms of the players involvement for the length of time and the far too many number of matches that are played. Fantasy football, on the other hand, gives its players and managers a lot more flexibility especially in time as the games take place just once a week as compared to daily in fantasy baseball.
Some of the most popular fantasy sports players and games news providers are Yahoo.com and ESPN Fantasy Sports. They gather all the news, reviews, statistics and players performance and bring it on the table for fantasy sports enthusiasts..